I'm fundraising in memory of Alexa Howard and in support of Shea Evans.
For the last three years, since Alexa passed away, I've been fundraising for the Lupus Foundation of America. In the first year, I participated in the Walk to End Lupus Now in Chicago. In the second year, I participated in the walk and added a CycleGiving class (an indoor spin class, where attendee payment proceeds are donated).
This year, in addition to the walk and the spin class, Dan and I wanted to commit to something bigger, so we added a 100-mile charity bike ride to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America.
Through these events, we are committed to raising awareness and funds, in support of those who are impacted by Lupus.
*Please note that, though there are multiple events, all donations are being collected / consolidated on this fundraising event page.
Alexa Howard was my sorority sister, college roommate, and best friend. She passed away on May 31, 2016 after a hard-fought battle against Lupus. She was 25. She was amazingly selfless, gracious, compassionate, inspiring, and hilarious.
Alexa's battle with Lupus was intense and constant. She tried many different treatments and experienced many horrible side effects. Some times were definitely harder than others, but she was a figher. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about her and feel her with me.
Shea was my first friend at Indiana University and is still one my closest. Shea is extremely loyal, genuine, passionate, and a fierce friend. When she was diagnosed with Lupus as a sophomore in college, her first reaction was to fight.
Through a hip replacement, a septic knee, and a ruptured appendix, she's still biking mountains, doing yoga, and being a normal 27-year-old. Shea and her parents have also devoted thousands of hours to raising awareness and money for the Lupus Foundation.
Both of these amazing women are very dear to my heart and one-of-a-kind people. They both fight for what they believe in so I want to fight for them.
Please consider donating to help me reach my personal fundraising goal of $10,000. Any gift big or small will be greatly appreciated. Every single dollar counts!
Did you know?
- There are an estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
- Lupus is a mysterious and misunderstood autoimmune disease. It strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known causes or cure.
- Lupus symptoms can be severe and highly unpredictable and can damage any organ or tissue, from the skin or joints to the heart or kidneys.
- While lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90% of people living with lupus are women. Women of color are at especially high risk.
- Only one drug has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat the disease.